Student citizens: making a difference for local communities

A Notwestminster 2020 workshop with Courtney, Lewis, Liv, Philippa & Kyra

Notwestminster 2019


What do we currently know about the costs and benefits, for a university town or city, of having an actively-engaged student community? Are we missing out on opportunities to involve students in local democracy?

In this workshop you’ll be able to discuss the difference that student citizens can make and share ideas towards a Student Citizen Charter that aims to raise awareness of the issues. 

We’ll discuss questions such as:

  • How can we engage students in benefitting their wider communities?
  • How can we enable students’ voices to be heard locally?
  • How can we break down barriers between students and residents?
  • Should political party manifestos consider the role that students play in contributing to their local communities – economically, socially, politically and culturally?
  • Do we need to revisit ideas of citizenship to reflect the impact of increased student populations?


The session is designed and run by students from De Montfort University, with the support of a lecturer who specialises in British politics and political leadership. Please come along to share your experiences and ideas.


About the workshop hosts


De Montfort University politics buildingCourtney, Lewis, Liv, Philippa and Kyra
De Montfort University

Courtney, Lewis, Liv, Philippa and Kyra are Second Year Politics students at De Montfort University (Leicester). They’re currently pursuing studies in comparative local government and are all engaged with the politics of their local community. They’re excited to share their new and innovative ideas, for re-engaging students with local democracy, and becoming part of the #Notwestminster community!’

How to get involved

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Big hearts and open minds

Notwestminster 2020 main event

Our kind of democracy is human-scale. When we talk about local democracy, we mean the democracy that happens where we are, in our neighbourhoods and the places that we know. It is the democracy that we live and breathe, each and every day. It only lives when we have our hearts in it, and it only grows when we are open to thinking and doing in different ways.

So if you’re open to our local democracy being what we want it to be, and if you’re up for the challenge of doing something to help make it happen, please join us at Notwestminster.

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Notwestminster 2020

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